It’s been another …

unsettled week with not enough sunshine and plenty of rain. However helping to make up for that have been some colourful flowers, soft fruit and wildlife.

I didn’t see the bee in this poppy picture until I was looking at ones I’d downloaded.

Oriental poppy and bee

I picked and ate the first strawberry, which was as delicious as it looked.

The first strawberry

I saw this male Azure Damselfly on the crocosmia leaves but it had flitted across to the adjacent plot before I could take a picture of it.

Male Azure Damselfly

Have a good weekend!

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I’m happier now…

that the weather has improved and I’ve done some plotting the past few mornings.

White love-in-a-mist and green beetleI forgot to mention that a couple of weeks ago I was weeding and disturbed a rather distinctive Cinnebar moth, which is one that I’ve not seen before.  Today the dog rose was covered in ladybirds which was good to see,  on one of the first white love-in-a-mist flowers was a bright green Flower beetle and a blue butterfly fluttered past me disappearing into the potato foliage.

The rose 'Pretty Lady'  in full flower.


The rose Pretty Lady would normally be just starting to flower now but has been blooming for the past couple of weeks, and I’ve already started dead-heading it.

It provides a real focal point and various people have stopped to look, smell and talk about it yesterday and today.


Collomia grandiflora flowers


The other flowers that are really looking good are the collomia grandiflora.  This picture shows how small the flowers are. See also the new header picture.

This coming week, weather permitting, I’ll be sowing and resowing various flower and vegetable seeds. I’ll also be planting my cucumbers, squashes and tomatoes.

Happy gardening, and have a good week!


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I do hope that

It’s not been easy to keep smiling since last Sunday’s post as the internet connections got worse again, and the problem wasn’t fully sorted out until yesterday lunch-time, and the  weather has been rather miserable the past few days so I haven’t been plotting.

Snail on the oriental poppyI went to the plot earlier today just for a look round and although it all looks lush a closer inspection reveals that the slugs and, more noticeably, snails have been eating almost everything including pot marigolds and potatoes.


A well nibbled pot marigold Nibbled potato foliage

Lots of flower seedlings and nearly a complete row of dwarf French beans have simply disappeared.

I do hope that it’s not going to be one of those years!

It’s dry today and thankfully the forecast is looking better so hopefully I’ll doing some plotting, and be in a better mood.

Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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I’m still smiling…

despite the internet connection problems that I mentioned on Friday, and which have now mostly been resolved thankfully.

The weather has been rather unsettled over the past few days with plenty of rain so I’ve not been able to do much plotting either.

Luckily I borrowed a couple of recently published quirky crime novels from the library on Friday which I’m looking forward to reading.

Here are three off plot pictures that I hope will make you smile.

I saw this Painted Lady butterfly last Wednesday on a neighbouring plot -

Painted Lady butterfly

How about this frothy white tree blossom that I photographed this morning -

White blossom

And lastly plot neighbour Trevor kindly showed me his fluffy little two day old chick -

Two day old chick


Have a good week!

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Phone line problems…

over the past couple of days has meant that my internet connection has become slow or intermittent at best.

I’ve done various checks and things as suggested to no avail so I’m now waiting on a BT engineer who will hopefully turn up tomorrow afternoon and sort it out.

If I don’t post, reply to comments here or comment on friend’s blogs over the next few days then please assume that the problem has not been resolved and got worse.




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On the windowsill…

at home I have various plants that I’ve grown from seed I sowed at the beginning of April.

I’ve four tomatoes Gardener’s Delight along with two each Golden Queen and Golden Sunrise, all of which will be planted out on the plot during early June.

Tomatoes and coleus   Cucumbers, squash and tomatoes

There’s also one of each tomato SweetN’ Neat red and yellow which will be repotted but will stay on the windowsill.
There are two cucumbers Marketmore and one squash Jack be Little which will also be planted out on the plot. The cucumber seeds germinated in just a few days but only one of two squash seeds appeared and that took ages.

Butternut squash plantPlot neighbour Margo has given me a couple of butternut squash plants which I’ve not grown before, so it be interesting to see how these do.

Coleus 'Carefree' seedlingsAs I’ve mentioned before I try growing Coleus from seed every year without success until now. I have ten still very small seedlings one of which is noticeably different in that instead of paired opposite leaves it has three.

I’ve sowed two lots of Browallia speciosa Silver Bells seeds but no far there’s no sign of any germinating!

Have a good weekend!

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Shows of hands

I have to admit that I’m not that fussed about the Chelsea Flower Show which is on this coming week. However I do like the alternative garden festival the Chelsea Fringe.  Last year fellow blogger Veg Plotting got involved with it in the form of cakes, which I’d guess that most gardeners like.  This year she’s gone for Shows of Hands where as you can see she’s asking us to do a post about our hands.

My left handYou’ve probably seen quite a lot of part of my left hand in various posts usually when I’m holding potatoes, tomatoes or something else to photograph them.  So here it is in it’s full unencumbered glory.

My right handMy right hand is perhaps a bit more interesting as I have a small lump on my middle knuckle and my middle thumb joint is somewhat arthritic and swollen.  As you can see I don’t wear any rings or a watch, and like to keep my finger nails trimmed so that I don’t get much dirt under them.

I generally don’t wear gloves on the plot, and if I do they’re soon removed, apart from when I’m pruning the blackberry bush and rose.  If I wear any they tend to be a pair of cheap lightweight ones like the ones on the right of the picture.

Gardening gloves

If you want to do a Shows of Hands post then have a look at Veg Plotting’s post via the link above or this Chelsea Fringe webpage for details.

Have a good week!


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